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Kamal Khan Water Dam entangled in challenges from Neighbors

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(Last Updated On: January 7, 2020)

Civil activists in Nimroz province underline that some neighboring countries have been trying to obstruct the construction of Kamal Khan Water Dam.

Kamal Khan Water Dam is one of the biggest electricity projects in Afghanistan. The dam is to be built over Helmand River in Chahar Burjak district, Nimroz province. Previously in 1966 and 2011, its construction started on and off. Two third of the construction has been completed and is now at its final stage.

In the meantime, some of the civil activists in the province stated that the water dam is more of a political issue for some other countries. They say that the neighboring countries are trying to prevent the construction of this dam.

“This is a political issue. You all will witness the problems incurred by the inauguration of this dam. That is why some of our neighbors are not permitting the construction,” said Mina Baluch, a civil activist.

“The neighboring countries are interrupting in this project,” said Bahram Haqmal, another activist.

Meanwhile, the Afghan government denies all claims and guarantees the completion of the project without any problems.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Water and Energy, Ahmad Seyar Nikzad said in the matter, “we do not confirm any problems or interruption in the project. It will be concluded without any problems.”

“We assure all the people in terms of security. We have a battalion of 400 police troopers ready to defend any guerilla attacks,” said Col Allah Dad, the Provincial Police Chief.

Kamal Khan Water Dam is to be built with a budget of $78 million provided by the Afghan government’s developmental budget scheme. The water dam is expected to produce 9 megawatts of electricity and will irrigate 80 thousand hectares of land.

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Biden defiantly defends Afghanistan exit, makes ‘no apologies’

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday firmly defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he makes no apologies.

Addressing a press conference, Biden said: “I make no apologies for what I did.”

His administration drew criticism for the way troops were withdrawn and the sudden collapse of the previous government.

Biden suggested Wednesday there was nothing else that could have been done to bolster Afghan allies.

“Raise your hand if you think anyone was going to be able to unify Afghanistan under one single government,” he said.

“It’s been the graveyard of empires for a solid reason. It is not susceptible to unity.”

He also suggested it was not the responsibility of the U.S. to fix Afghanistan’s challenges, The Week reported.

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Pakistan played major role in peace, stability of Afghanistan: Arif Alvi

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(Last Updated On: January 20, 2022)

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan played a major role in the peace and stability in Afghanistan and that Islamabad made sure Kabul was not isolated.

Alvi said in a media interview, that during the recent Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit he told its members that Pakistan saved Afghanistan from being isolated.

He also stated that during the extraordinary meeting of the foreign ministers of OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December, he portrayed the actual picture of the war-torn country.

He also said the world has recognized Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiatives.

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ILO estimates underscore Afghanistan employment crisis

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Job losses in Afghanistan following the change in administration in August 2021 totaled more than half a million in the third quarter and may reach 900,000 by mid-2022, according to new estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the ILO, the estimated 14% loss by mid-2022 reflects workers pushed out of employment due to the change in administration and ensuing economic crisis as well as restrictions on women’s participation in the workplace.

The total number of hours worked in the Afghan economy is estimated to have dropped by 13% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a hypothetical scenario with no change in administration.

The ILO said key sectors have been devastated since the collapse of the former government including agriculture, the civil service and the construction industry which have all seen large-scale job losses or workers go unpaid.

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